A farmer works his tomato garden in Arkansas in 1958, Image by John McKinney

The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just the body, but the soul.
Alfred Austin

Remember that children, marriages, and flower gardens reflect the kind of care they get.
H. Jackson Brown Jr.

We must cultivate our own garden. When man was put in the garden of Eden he was put there so that he should work, which proves that man was not born to rest.

It’s difficult to think anything but pleasant thoughts while eating a homegrown tomato.
Lewis Grizzard

The garden suggests there might be a place where we can meet nature halfway.
Michael Pollan

Digging potatoes is always an adventure, somewhat akin to fishing.There isforever the possibility that the next cast--or the next thrust of the diggingfork--will turn up a clunker.
Jerome Belanger

Everything that slows us down and forces patience, everything that sets us back into the slow circles of nature, is a help. Gardening is an instrument of grace.
May Sarton

And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed.
Genesis 2:8 (KJV)

The greatest service which can be rendered any country is to add a useful plant to its culture.
Thomas Jefferson

A weed is a plant that has mastered every survival skill except for learning how to grow in rows.
Doug Larson

For all things produced in a garden, whether of salads or fruits, a poor man will eat better that has one of his own, than a rich man that has none.
J.C. Loudon

What was paradise, but a garden full of vegetables and herbs and pleasure? Nothing there but delights.
William Lawson

It is only the farmer who faithfully plants seeds in the Spring, who reaps a harvest in the Autumn.
B.C. Forbes

God Almighty first planted a garden. And indeed, it is the purest of human pleasures.
Francis Bacon

And he gave it for his opinion, that whoever could make two ears of corn, or two blades of grass, to grow upon a spot of ground where only one grew before, would deserve better of mankind, and do more essential service to his country, than the whole race of politicians put together.
Jonathan Swift


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